I had the privilege of speaking to American Songwriter Magazine about Tony Rice. You can read the article below. Just last night I found my old minidisk player which has about 5 hours of Tony and I hanging out talking and listening to music in his basement from back in January of 2002. I was up until 6AM listening to them. I hadn't heard this stuff in probably 10 years. Certainly as a musician, that time I spent with Tony was some of the most important and transformational of my life. I feel incredibly lucky that he let me in and shared some of his wisdom. Although at that time I was a very serious and dedicated guitarist, Tony set a different example of music itself being worth dedicating one's life to. Like any other master in any other discipline, Tony set an example of what you can become and accomplish when you dedicate your life to something. I got a glimpse behind the curtain and what I saw was a man who had walked the walk. For 19 year-old me, this was powerfully inspiring to see and it changed the course of my life. That is why I say Tony will always be my biggest hero.
Due to surgery resulting from a knee injury that I suffered last week, Julian Lage and I are canceling all of our duo tour dates through Cambridge, MA on May 10. I'm really disappointed to miss these shows, but we plan to be back as soon as my leg is healed and schedules allow! Julian will now be performing solo in Collinsville, Newtown and Cambridge, MA - existing tickets to these shows will be honored. Refunds will be given at point of purchase.
Well, this was a lovely surprise! Alec Wilkinson of the New Yorker wrote a great review of our album release show for Avalon. You can read it here:
Happy news on the CE front: my album with Julian Lage, Avalon, came out last week. We recorded it live at the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD with the amazing Kenneth Pattengale producing, engineering, and generally shepherding things forward. I quite like it and think that you will too. There are so many options for listening/downloading in these modern times. Pick your poison:
Bandcamp (Bandcamp is cool because you can download full resolution audio files)
Also, Jules and I are about to head down south for the second leg of our CD release tour. If you're in the area I hope you'll join us!
I write today from beautiful Portland, OR. The sun is out and the sky is blue. You just can't beat Portland on a nice day.
BIG NEWS: Julian Lage and I have a new record, Avalon, that will be coming out October 7th. It was produced by our good friend Kenneth Pattengale, who you may know from his day job as one half of The Milk Carton Kids. The record is a mix of original instrumental music and songs (i.e. music with words) that we culled from the Great American Songbook. Bluegrass, spirituals, tin-pan alley, jazz, old country, it's all American and we love it all.
Our friends at The Bluegrass Situation have an exclusive on one of our instrumentals, "Steady Proof." Head on over to the Sitch and have a listen. And be sure to check in with our website, lageeldridge.com, where you'll be able to preorder Avalon in a couple of weeks.
Julian Lage and I have a show on October 2nd that is being postponed. But it's for a very happy reason: my father, Ben Eldridge, and his bandmates in the Original Seldom Scene are being inducted in the the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame. It's really a big honor and something that I can't miss! Julian and I will try to reschedule the date sometime next year. Keep your eyes here for updates. And congrats, Dad!
Coming up in NYC this weekend, CE and Michael Daves will celebrate the music of The Stanley Brothers with two shows at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2. Songs to include lots of Gamblin', Cheatin', Cryin', Poisonin', The Good Lord, Mother, Dad, Cabins, Jails, Ghosts, etc. We're talking hardcore stuff here folks. For a preview, here's their take on "The Rambler's Blues," "She's More to Be Pitied," and "Nobody's Love is Like Mine."